PhD by Research

Provided online via distance learning

Program Overview

The research-based Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in the available disciplines has as a general aim of provision of an academically rigorous education designed to develop skills, expertise, knowledge and vision to enable students, whatever their chosen route, to be critical, analytical and creative. The program aims to provide opportunity for self-development in relation to career enhancement and as life-long learners. The program offers students the opportunity to develop their own capabilities, skills and competencies within a supported environment.

The PhD qualification is a terminal degree. It is a research doctorate, requiring research-related coursework beyond the Masters level plus action research/Dissertation contributing to theory or practice in relation to the discipline as well as to development of professional practice by contributing to field-specific knowledge and hence impact practice beyond research.

The program is operated and delivered entirely by SMC and its experience faculty and mentors, ensuring highest quality. The degree is validated and conferred by UCN.

The following PhD disciplines are available:

  • PhD in Business Administration
  • PhD in Management
  • PhD in Education
  • PhD in International Relations
  • PhD in Political Economy

Program Requirements

Due to the flexible structure of the program, enrollment is on an ongoing basis. Supported through the asynchronous method of studying, admitted students may commence their studies at any time in alignment with their personal and professional commitments.

  • A recognized graduate Master degree (EQF Level 7 or equivalent) from a state-accredited academic institution. Successful applicants must have accumulated a minimum total of 270 ECTS credits from previous undergraduate and graduate studies.
  • Proficiency in English

Course Outline & Sequence